Steinberg UR22
Steinberg UR22

UR22, USB audio interface from Steinberg in the UR series.

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Average Score:4.1( 4.1/5 based on 9 reviews )
 5 reviews56 %
 2 reviews22 %
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Value For Money : Excellent
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  • 04/04/13Steinberg UR22 review

    Steinberg UR22 review - UR so small

    Steinberg introduced the UR series a little over a year ago with the UR28M and the UR824. They’re back with an entry level unit priced at under $200 with two D-pre preamps included. Verdict?

Users reviews

yiwuaussie's review"Worked really well - Then died...."

Steinberg UR22
UR 22 Steinberg/YAMAHA
Read all the posts and reviews and found value of money with recording quality
Ran very well with Cuebase and Audacity. Perfect sound zero detectable noise on Vox and instruments


Drivers and performance is good...


All software is great - Hardware failure!


When it worked it was great!
Updated drivers as soon as we installed unit. After 3 weeks went to record and unit was 'not there' Checking power noticed red LED's were on (around half brightness) but both gains were zero....huh?
Tested alternative USB leads (2) Connected to another Windows 7 system...Not detecting. Also White LED (power/USB connect) flashing around 1 second pulses... Turned on phantom power... All lights glow... Turn Phantom power off - Gain lights on white LED flashing. Re-installed drivers. Even did a system restore...(getting stupid here)
Sent back to store.....Waiting (which is not like recording !!!)

stompboxjon's review"Good for home recordings"

Steinberg UR22
The UR22 is a 2 in and 2 out interface that works via USB. It has phantom power and MIDI connections on the back of it. This box is very small but still powerful, the preamps in it are very warm and quiet and do not color the sound at all. This interface comes with Cubase AI6, and it is very easy to set up on any computer. As long as the microphone that you use with it is good you will get a great sound. This interface is perfect for a home musician on a budget that needs an interface that has the warmth to handle vocals and instruments. But with this interface it really comes down to the microphone used.


You will get no latency monitoring with the UR22 and it can work on both Windows and Mac OS X systems. Setting this interface up with Cubase was very easy, I used it for a while and though it is not the Cubase version I am use to working with it is still very similar and it comes with VST plug ins and effects. Most of the effects and plug ins are pretty standard but you can always use your own plug ins that you are familiar with.


The manual is very easy to understand and work with it. But generally only a newer user will need it.


There are 2 TRS outputs and 2 XLR/TRS combo inputs. There are no effects built into this interface. This interface sounds very warm when used with the right microphone. I have used the Blue Bird with it and it sounded great, I have also used a Rhode microphone and it sounded just as good. This interface does not seem to be built the best though which is general what you can expect in this price range. The knobs are plastic and you will need to be very careful with this interface it will not be able to withstand much abuse.

Ours_Chauve's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good material"

Steinberg UR22
I bought this interface first for its price. It seemed really cheap.
I made a home use, connecting a guitar or bass amp output, microphone occasionally, and my PC sound. It is lit when it is ON all the time so.
The amp above is very significant, although already having an amp in my loop, we reached the peak fast enough. I'm not very familiar with the more gear interface, I still use it perhaps as a ham.


The plug 'n play system works very well. You plug it works.
Regarding recording mono / multi-tracks, I do not comment, computer music puts my PC to its knees.


5 months of use, I have not encountered a hardware problem or incompatibility.
The case does its thing, it works.


5 months of ownership, I will not regret my purchase.
It is very suitable in a home use, the power supply by USB is a real plus for mobility, but the low number of tracks and settings are in fact not really a scene tools / studio.

The price fell further (acquired € 140 in January, now it is in the 120), if it's small, rugged equipment you need, I think this is one of the best products in the market.

squiddly696's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Satisfied with the result"

Steinberg UR22
The main technical feature that motivated my choice is the low latency announced, but the 48v supply.
This low latency is checked to use.
The reviews I read on this card have (including AF) have confirmed my choice.
The relatively low price is also a strong point, especially since the card comes with AE version of Cubase 7.5.
I personally goes through a pre-amp SANSAMP PRA DRIVER before attacking the card, with a bypass channel used (to record clear sound) and the other channel from the preamp.


The drivers are stable.
I use the UR-22 to make guitar and bass taken via Cubase.
The number of available runway is more than enough to record demos, I have not yet seen the end.
As said above, the latency is imperceptible. I work on PC (quad core 3.6 GHz - RAM-16M Windows 7 64-bit - a SSD support program - internal sound card 24-bit 92 kHz)


The installation was done without difficulty. Setup is quick, just follow the user manual, and voila.
Manual, reduced to its simplest expression, is sufficiently explicit.


I regularly use the UR-22 for close to 6 months. My only regret is not directly related to the product but in my choice of base is taking a 22 (2 entries). if it again, I would opt for a UR-44 with 4 inputs, which allow me to work simultaneously with another musician in the same conditions miking.

Flall's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" UR22. A very good raport quality / price"

Steinberg UR22
Steinberg UR 22
- 24-bit/192kHz
- 2x mic preamps D-PRE
- Connections: 2x mic / line combo analog inputs (XLR / jack 6.3 mm)
- 2x balanced analog outputs 6.3mm jack
- Headphone output
- MIDI input and output
- USB Port
- Monitoring zero latency mixing control with its direct / playback
- Switchable 48V phantom power
- Metal housing

- What characteristics have motivated your choice?
Both micro D-PRE pre-amps (Yamaha M7CL), headphone output, the 48v supply and
metal housing.

- Which instruments and systems (console, preamp, DTD ...) you use it and what
connection? ...
- For what purpose? What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard, ...)?
On a PC (Win7PRO) (on an HP 635 AC if you are really interested) for Smaart live7 and
save concert ass console.


- The drivers are stable?
Win7PRO on his work well, for the moment I have not had the same stall at
recording live (session 3 or 4 hours in record, no problems) (I said that I
I use it in 24μ/44100hz).

- Are they often updated?
I do not know, yet I never made update (computer not connected to

- What software do you use most often?
Cubase, Nuendo, Smaart live.

- What you get lag?

- How many tracks you get record / playback simultaneously?
I will use it only for Smaart or to save lives and cul console,
so no more a stereo pair, I have not tested more.


- The installation is done it without problems?
Yes no problem for installation. Apart from the need to connect the computer to the internet
to enable it give with Cubase AI, I do not like too ca. But his good looks only

- Have you experienced any incompatibilities?
No, not yet.

- The general configuration is easy?

- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
I do not know, so simple that not read.


- How long have you use it?
6 months

- Have you tried many other models before buying it?
Yes not bad. FireWire M-Audio which was a disaster, Roland Edirol UA-25 which my
held 6 years for the same use. fixed and I was using Presonus (Bad) of
Digidesign (very good but very expensive), and I stopped on the Motu PCI, first the
1224, then 24 i / o Pcie.

- How would you rate the quality / price?
I'd happily in "price / quality" there is "price". no but it must be said,
even if it has good features and its working well, the case is iron
really there to reassure us, otherwise the connectors and buttons are downright cheep!
After so if have another look at the brand quality / price ratio is probably the best
market at this time.

- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
- The side "Tchip" of connectors and buttons
+ / - Are not bad but lacks dynamic
+ Price
+ Ease of use
+ The metal housing
+ USB (less capricious than FireWire)
+ A knob for the headphone output

- With experience, you do again this choice? ...
Yes! nevertheless it is still a good place to but governed, and I started to make him
At this price (and even a little more) I pence that is the best choice. If I wanted to master
more tunes Microbook the Motu is much better in terms of sound quality.
But what I in fact it is more than enough. (Always paying attention to the knobs
protruding from the face Advent).

MartyTanx's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent card for the price!"

Steinberg UR22
What characteristics have motivated your choice?
It helped me, advised on this map, I do not know

Which instruments and systems (console, preamp, DTD ...)
you use it and how connections? ...

Usb connection, windows 7, never had a crash in a year of use.
By noon, I Synths 5 connected in series above, no crash either.


The drivers are stable?

Are they often updated?
no need to update it works perfectly

What software do you use most often? Cubase

What you get lag?
Excellent and impressive even with a very low latency setting

How many tracks you get record / playback simultaneously? ...
Even with 8 tracks VSt, the card does not move (I have a pc with 8gb of ram)


The installation is done it without problems? No problem
Have you experienced any incompatibilities? No
The general configuration is easy? Easy!
The manual is clear and sufficient? I ... did not read!


How long have you use it? One year
What is the particular feature you like best and least?
THE more: No breath, no crash, powerful card, independent adjustment of the headphone level and that of the main output.
Cons: If you need a lot of inputs,
or output it will take another card

Have you tried many other models before buying it? three older models of cards not very effective
How would you rate the quality / price? More than excellent
With experience, you do again this choice? ...

Solid, stable, effective, this card everything we can require especially at this price!
Do not hesitate!

Rapfan's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A killer for the price!"

Steinberg UR22
"What characteristics have motivated your choice?"
The frequency response of 20à20k Hz
Two combo inputs on the front.
One input and one MIDI output.
The alim. 48v phantom.
The 192kHz converters. (Heavy Du!)
Compatibility with Windows 7 64bit.

"With which instruments or systems (console, preamp, DTD ...) you use it and how connections? ..."
With a single microphone and my computer.


"The drivers are stable?"
Until I write these lines, I have not had a problem with drivers.

"What software do you use most often?"

"How many tracks you get record / playback simultaneously? ..."
The most I've done up to this point was about 8/9 tracks ...

"Are they often updated?"
So I do not know if they are updated often, but I know there's been three updates for windows 7 driver. "(Three or four I dunno.)

"What you get lag?"
Buffer with 512 I latency pretty good, but I stay the buffer.


"The installation is done it without problems?"
Not a single problem, download, installing, it takes less than six minutes the latest version on the Steinberg site.

"The general configuration is easy?"
Absolutely easy! We choose the buffer size, and choose the sampling frequency.
(Min 44.1 / max 192kHz!)

"Have you experienced any incompatibilities?"
No one yet!

"The manual is clear and sufficient? .."
It is really clear, I do not know enough.
Because I still had some questions, except if I misread the manual .. ?


"How long have you use it?"
Since I have.

"Have you tried many other models before buying it?"
No, not much.

"What is so special that you like most and least?"
Latency. The other sound card I had, which was worse, was still a much better latency, no doubt.
After that, it is regrettable that it is the breath of the pre-amp that appears discreetly before the three quarters in the knob, and you can not miss it, dice it exceeds three quarters.
This does not mean that the pre-amps are EXCELLENT!
Without the problem of breath, it was really beautiful, but I is not to complain, do not forget the price. ;)
I love + is everything else (headroom preamp, really good converters, that it is robust hence its metal chassis. And also, the fact that it is quite small.

"How would you rate the quality / price?"
It is incredible, I was expecting something less good, but it exceeded my expectations!
9/10 for the Q / Price

"With experience, you do again this choice? ..."
Already, if someone is reading me whether to buy it or not, I have one thing to say to this person:
If you just money to buy you, DARK! If you have more than 500th, take up his new mid-range card. If you can not take you as the entry level, DARK this sound card!

A very good sound card, which for the moment has never disappointed me.

DamYucca's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" EXCELLENT"

Steinberg UR22
See website


very stable,
software Cubasa AI7
Maximum 16 tracks
recording 192 KhTZ
lalence 4/5 ms very acceptabl, imperceptible to the ear
No worries


installation without pb


I use it recently but what delights ...
what definition in sound
lots of gain available for mic inputs
very very good map go eyes closed
111 euros on thomann
not better to rate

nomenklatura's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Steinberg UR22
I bought this interface to replace my Tascam US-428 that no longer hold water, particularly because of win 7.
With this change I went from 2 to 4 inputs and I lost control interface tascam.

For my part, 2 inputs are sufficient, I am not limited (for those who need more, Steinberg has released a version 4 inputs equivalent to the UR22), for against the control surface but I miss n ' there was no equivalent to US428 less than 200 €.

Highlight announced by Steinberg: yamaha integrated preamps on inputs

For the technical part:
2 XLR / jack
1 midi in and one midi out
+48 V phantom power
Audio output jacks 2 (a bit surprising that matter)
a headphone jack
control the output level and independent headphone level
Powered via the USB

Overall, this is the best quality / price I found report.

I put 9/10 just for the phantom power button which is located at the rear of the case.


No worries with the installation.
No worries stability.
I use Reaper as DAW under Win 7.
Very low latency.

I do not know if the drivers are updated, those that I have works perfectly so ...

So perfect.


The configuration for someone who has a little experience does not pose any problems.
The asio part declaration midi inputs, etc ... is always a bit tricky but it is more related to the DAW at the interface ur22 in itself.


I use it for a year and I am truly amazed at the ease of use.

The preamps are really good, I do not use my audi buddy of all m-audio.

I have not tried 50 models before choosing this one but I would do the same choice without problem, especially at this price point ...
I plan to complete a MIDI control surface usb cheap to get back at the us438.

In summary, you can go there with your eyes closed.